Halifax Health, sorority host breast cancer awareness event

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Dr. Ruby Anne Deveras (left), Jennifer Peludat and Vivian Jones address women at the “Pamper Yourself Pink – A Pink Tea’’ on Sunday.

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Representatives from Halifax Health and local sorority members united on Sunday to educate local women about early detection and treatment.

Halifax Health, in partnership with the Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, hosted 100 women for “Pamper Yourself Pink – A Pink Tea’’ on Oct. 20. 

Held at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, this breast cancer awareness event featured presentations by medical oncologist Dr. Ruby Anne Deveras and breast navigator Jennifer Peludat, both with Halifax Health-Center for Oncology.  

The event included presentations offering healthy eating and self-care information, as well as beauty and wellness vendors. 

Early detection, treatment

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is encouraging all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. 

In 2018, 2,955 women in Florida died from female breast cancer. Cancer. In Volusia County last year, 91 women died from breast cancer, according to the health department. 

The health department said “women should talk to their health care provider about their individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings.’’ 

Additionally, women can lower their risk as follows: 

  • Get and stay at a healthy weight 
  • Be physically active 
  • Limit or avoid alcohol 
  • Choose to breastfeed your child 
  • Quit smoking and or vaping 

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or lowcost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements. 

For more information, call 800-226-6110.

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